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when you fall in the snow, that is no fun. >> fallout from the snow. latest list of school closings and delays. and did your christmas shopping plans get snowed out? the last minute gifts that makes a difference a world away. good morning. it's tuesday, december 22nd. you are taking a live look at the streets in baltimore city still a messy, snowy mess. the plows have been through several times. a lot of side streets, but because of the volume of snow many of them are still snow and ice packed this morning. and of course, as you can imagine, that is creating a lot of problems for students around the region. actually, it's not a problem for them, because they get another snow day after the weekend winter blast. here is a list of the school
delays and closings today. pay attention, it's a long list. these are the school systems that are closed anne arundel, baltimore city, baltimore county, calvert, carroll county, all the school systems are closed along with cecil, county, harford, kent, montgomery county school is closed. st. mary, washington and wacomico county schools all closed today. frederick and prince george's county officials have canceled classes for today and tomorrow. meanwhile allegheny county schools are two hours late today just to make that distinction, everything else is closed. allegheny school system, though, two hours late. and remember, whenever severe weather hits, just tune in to fox 45 morning news. our morning news ticker will have a complete list of all the latest closings, delays and traffic conditions. the ticker updates automatically and it even runs during
commercials. you can always find out more about the closing situation at our website at foxbaltimore.com. now let's check in with meteorologist steve fertig. it's got to be tough for the kids in allegheny county to hear all of the lists of closings and two hours late. i can't remember having days off just before the holidays off. but that is what they got. let's take a look at of the hd radar and we have clouds holding temperatures higher than we thought. he we thought they would drop into the 20s, but instead that is not the case. we are saying in the low 30s. that will allow us to see temperatures warmer this afternoon than expected as well. what we have is the computer model showing clearer skies to come today and tomorrow and lots of sunshine before the next system comes our way. that will be one coming out of the south and out of the area, and back to the rockies and central plains where they will see a lot of snow. that system will bring us ice and much more in the way of
rain. our concern will be plumbing concerns, with melting and additional rain coming for christmas time. that is late this week. we will tell you what to expect in the next 7 days ahead. right now we turn it over to candace dold who has the traffic edge. >> reporter: thank you, steve. another day to talk about the side streets. of course, they have been treated, many of them, have at least, but we're still dealing with icy patches out there. still be aware that it can be slippery out there. as far as the may lines, an accident on 295 past the beltway and unfortunately it does take out one lane. if you're going to consider taking 95, here is the deal. taking it from the beltway down toward route 32, we have a 1 minute-delay, but running pretty normal, no incidents to talk about. a 12-minute ride as bie miles pr hour -- 5 miles per hour. a little bit doing a okay. southbound 895, if you're going to opt through the city harbor
tunnel through the 9 95 exit, at 95, at 53 miles per hour. back to you. for months it seemed no slot parlor proposals could get approval in anne arundel county. this morning they have two approved sites. at a much anticipated council meeting last night, council officials voted to approve the slots? anne arundel mill mall, but they also give the approval at a the racetrack. that leaves a lot of people with questions than answers this morning. megan gilliland is live there with the interesting situation, megan this morning. >> reporter: yesterday approval seemed to be a step barred bringing slots to anne arundel county. when the council approved two locations, the fact is that only one could be passed, which means
we are back to square one. >> no slots, that's the news. >> we are protesting, we don't want it and we think that the bill needs to die. >> reporter: it's been a long and drawn out debate. >> hope it goes yes. >> reporter: drawing protests from both sides. >> absolutely. >> reporter: but when it came time to vote last night. >> cast my vote at aye. >> reporter: the anne arundel county passes not only one but two zoning proposals. a move that shifts the decision to the county executive. >> we will weigh this decision on which bills survives. >> reporter: one developer is declaring victory. >> only one bill is consistent with the vote and that is 8209. >> reporter: the racing industry isn't giving up just yet. >> we are hoping that you will remember the importance of the horse racing industry and preserve the opportunity for the slots to be at laurel park. >> reporter: even in slots are approval, it could be quite
a while before maryland will begin seeing any revenue. that was the whole purpose of bringing the slot parlors to maryland. how much revenue are they predicting and will it be worth it? that is coming up in ann run del county. megan gilliland, fox 45 morning news. police are protesting after a soldier on leave from afganistan is shot to death in southwest baltimore. he was driving home from the grocery store around midnight on sunday. he was in the 600 block on south wit company street when some walked up to the car and opened fire. he died in st. agus hospital. his wife who was in the car was not hurt. investigators are still looking for a suspect. baltimore police arrest a man wanted for a brutal rate during this weekend's storm. donald vaughn offered to shovel he snow from the sidewalk of a woman in canton on saturday. the woman paid him and he left.
but police say he came back later, forced his way inside, raped the woman and cut her throat. >> it's sad to think that we were all in our houses doing stuff and it was happening right across the street to this young lady. >> vaughn robbed the woman of $200 cash and her cell phone. they used that cell phone to track vaughn down. vaughn was arrested and meanwhile the victim is was at the hospital and released. plenty of others are trying to make it into work today. while the main roads do look great, the side streets remain a challenge especially for buses. joel d smith is live in canton this morning and joel, we have been hearing that buses can't even make it up some of those side streets. >> reporter: that's the problem. we will show you that in a second. beside side streets and sidewalks, we will talk here in canton. the folks here on the street
have done very well. you can see somebody walking the dog here. you come out to the road here we're at foster avenue and milton avenue. foster is clear. you can go out here and no problem, but you go out there on south milton that, is a problem. some buses are having a very tough time getting around. here is a word on the mta on what you thiede to think about if -- what you need to think about if you're taking a car today. >> we can't encourage our customers to plan ahead of time if you're going to step out today, and the next couple of days. call ahead to see if there's a deversion for any type of possible delay on your line. >> reporter: that diversion, means they may not be coming to your areas. go to one of the main roads, something like this on foster, you and have a better chance to catch the bus. some people waited one hour or two hours to catch the bus because they didn't know about the diversions. here is the side street and over there a sidewalk and still a
mess. very inconsistent depending on where you are at the city. if you want to catch the bus, get to the main streets or call the mdta to find out about the diversion. >> joel, just au continued pain until all -- a continued pain until all of the snow is removed from the sidewalk. super saturday wasn't a super for the retailers. last year the last weekend before christmas accounted for $15 billion. not so much this year, but consumers could see even deeper discounts this week because of it. that brings us the question of the day, did the blizzard of '09 affect your shopping or travel plans? that is the question of the day. you can tell us what you think, or go to our facebook page, you can send us a tweet at fox
baltimore or text your answer to 45203, enter fox 45a for yes, and fox 45b for no. coming up the season of giving are seeing a lot less generosity. how charities are making due this christmas. and it's the calm before the next storm coming your way toward christmas. we will take a look coming up next. you are watching fox 45 morning news, all local all morning.
students around the region are getting another snow day after the weekend's winter blast. here is a list of the schools that closed today. anne arundel county. baltimore city, baltimore county, calvert and carroll county schools all closed today. cecil county, harford, howard, kent, montgomery county schools also closed. st. mary's washington, and wacomico county schools all closed today. frederick and county officials are closed classes for today and tomorrow. meanwhile allegheny county schools the only school system opening on a 2 hour delay today. allegheny county schools two hours late. whenever severe weather hits tune in to fox 45 morning news. our morning news ticker at the bottom of your screen will have a complete list of the latest closings and traffic conditions. that ticker update automatically and it even runs during commercials so the information is always at your finger tips.
you can also go to our website at foxbaltimore.com for more information. for even more information we turn to meteorologist steve fertig who has a lock a look ate can expect today and a messy looking weather for the holiday. we were wondering whether or not that was a winter maker coming our way for christmas eve and christmas day. right now things are quiet. enjoying the nice, dry conditions if you can. there are back roads that being worked on, but other than that looking at dry conditions on the sky watch hd radar. as far as any radar is concerned, not indicating any activity out there right now unless you look further north and west further up from where we are in pennsylvania and new york. moving into buffalo you can see more snow there and in the ohio valley as well. for us it's the chilly air we have to deal with and slippery roads in spots. a rere minder there could be ice out there even with the dropping temperatures. be careful, even if we're not
dealing with any snow at this time. the winds will diminish some. check out the future can smodle, nomodel.i don't know if you cant far out to the west but it will be coming our way as far as rain mostly for christmas day before the overnight christmas eve into your christmas day . we may be talking about sleet or freezing rain. it could be a lot of snow chances for the northern plain. they will be dealing with a lot of snow there. we will have white christmas due to what we have already seen but the warm air will bring us sleet, and freezing rain overnight, christmas eve into christmas day. christmas eve day should be pretty nice for the most part. it won't be until overnight in christmas eve, and then just plain rain. but when that rain, with the milder air moving in we get melting snow.
i think where we have the best possible chance of flooding concerns is where we have the green on the west side of the chesapeake bay. do be aware of that. temperature wise as we head out not as bad as we thought we could be. we thought we could be in the low 20s, because the skies haven't cleared as quickly as we expected. 29 in salisbury, up in hagerstown, 32 and it's a little chillier with winds around, 5-10 miles per hour. 39 degrees for the high temperature in the eastern shore. a northwest clear skies a northwest wind at 5-10 miles per hour. look for temperatures to get here up 38 degrees. northwest wind at 5-10 miles an hour. we go west, into the mid-30s there. 32 degrees even cooler where i'm showing you further points west and even 20s in the highest elevations mostly cloudy skies to partly cloudy skies there. 18 overnight tonight, with a northwest wind at 5-10 miles per hour. 34 tomorrow with a lot of sunshine. 35 degrees for the new year's eve day, partly cloudy but most of the day and the clouds move
in late night and overnight we get the sleet and freezing rain turning into rain on friday. a high of 40 degrees, 42 on saturday, and still flooding concerns with early showers and we will dry out and see plenty of sunshine for sunday and monday, with a high in the upper 30s. iradar is available at foxbaltimore.com. you can use fox 45's powerful doppler radar to track incoming storms. the interactive tools will let you see when rain or snow will be over your house. go to foxbaltimore.com and click on iradar. now candace dold is here with another look at what is happening on the roadways and the traffic edge. >> reporter: tell santa to use that, steve, it might help him out. if you are heading out and hitting the roadways, we will talk about your speeds out there, it's starting to dip a little. doing a okay at 64 miles per hour at the beltway moving near harford road. and 62 traveling on 95, right near the 395 exit. although we want to talk about
the side streets again, we can show you a side look this, is in canton, it's like an ice skating rink, wouldn't you think so. as you are traveling, use extra caution and as you walk on the side streets this morning, just take it a little slower as you go out there. as far as the main lines, we do have trouble. an accident takes out the left lane of southbound 295, it's right near the beltway there. you will want to use 95 as your alternate route. we can show you the scene on 95, near the 695 and here it is on the southwest corner, the cars are traveling at top speed, not a bad alternate for you this morning. as far as the west side stretch of beltway it's moving well through the catonsville area and moving toward the 95 exit. we can show 695 at liberty road. here it is the lanes are starting to fill up with a few cars there, but no incidents to report so we will take
th the recession on their minds many shoppers are spending less this molly day season. if -- holiday season. if they're spending less on themselves, that means they're spending less on others, too. we are shown how charities are weathering the snowstorm. >> no reindeer here, but it's santa's sleigh no less. >> everybody, happy holiday. >> much-needed old boys finding grateful new owners. >> we are seeing the faces of homelessness now. it's not just your average mother right up on welfare. we have homeless families that they don't have the ability to do christmas shopping for their children. >> a, b, c. >> need is greater this year, but the dollars are scares. charities are finding ways to
keep giving. second chance toys, collects gently used goods so families can donate without spending money. >> isn't it amazing. it's wonderful to see the expressions of these children's faces. >> reporter: they found that many of the nation's largest charities are seeing a 10% drop in giving this year causing concerns for food banks here in new jersey. >> we are seeing dub the client numbers here. we need more donations, we need more funding and we need more help to serve the people that are coming through our doors. >> reporter: demand is up over 30% of last year. 2010 is not expected to be much different. >> we are concerned that the people that continue to lose their jobs will see more and more of them at our soup kitchens and food pantries. we want to make sure that we have the supplies for them. >> reporter: despite the coverage that are close to bear, there's still plenty of hope and desire to help those in need
this holiday season. in new york, lauren green, fox news. stay tuned for fox 45 morning news for continuing coverage of holiday giving. we will tell you about a website that allows you to connect directly to the people you help. that is in websiting. coming up the anne arundel county council finally takes a vote on slots. could slots be on the way? the snow is still throwing off bus routes, what you should do to catch your ride. 6:24 is the time. you are watching fox 45 morning news, all local all morning.
high. both the nasdaq and s&p 500 gained more than 1%. the storm hampered retail sales over the weekend. many would be shoppers stayed home on super saturday, the saturday before christmas. sales on that day can total as much as $15 billion. while the brick and mortar stores took a hit, online retailers took a peak. it was up by a million users compared to the same time last year. ups calls monday the busiest day of the year. the carrier expects to deliver as many as 32 million packages, 40% above average. last minute shoppers can ship items as late as december 23rd for delivery by christmas eve. today is the deadline to ship via priority mail and first class for delivery by christmas, but you have until wednesday if you're using express male.
i'm stan case. coming up the season of giving with a new twist, how technology is change some charities and making them more personal. and a final vote on slots here in anne arundel county proves it won't be the final word. i'm megan gilliland, why it appears that we're back at square one coming up. >> reporter: i'm joel d smith, live in canton why we're check out why buses are haviñc
welcome back. i'm patrice harris. you're taking a live look at the seed streets at baltimore. still areas of major concern for people who are making their way. this man is making his way slowly down the street. be careful as you continue to move around in the city. because there's still a lot of ice and snow in a lot of areas around our region, students are getting another snow day after the weekend's winter blast. here is a list of the school systems that are closed. anne arundel, baltimore city, baltimore county, carroll county all closed today. hcecil county, howard, kent, montgomery county schools closed, washington county schools all closed. frederick and prince george's county officials are closed classes today and tomorrow.
that takes them into the christmas holiday, meanwhile allegheny county schools are on a two-hour delay. again, allegheny county schools are two hours late this morning. whenever severe weather hits, tune in to fox 45 morning news. our morning news ticker will have a complete list of all of the latest closings, delays and closingtraffic conditions. that ticker update automatically and runs during our commercials. can you find out more about it at foxbaltimore.com. now let's get a check of our forecast with meteorologist steve fertig. and for some of those kids they get to have a two week break. >> that is a good idea. you will have kids looking guard to going back to school bit time this is over. >> i don't know about that, but could be. take a look, sky watch hd radar indicate that we have clouds out there that kept the temperatures from dropping in the 20s as expected. instead we will see the temperatures drop in the low 30s this morning, so cool and
any snow hours to the north. we will look to the south. see richmond's temperature 25 degrees. that is where the clear skies are. you can see the difference in the temperatures from the 35 up in baltimore. quite a bit of a difference with more cloud cover that we have. the high pressure to the north giving us the northerly flow is going to continue to keep us chilly nevertheless. we will be looking at clearing skies through tomorrow. 30 degrees today for the high. it will be cold nevertheless, and dry today and tomorrow. and then christmas eve day will be fine before it turns a bit icy overnight. crist mauves evchristmas, eve nd christmas day will be rainy and breezy. our concern is potential with flooding with melting snow snow in addition to the rain that could be heavy at times. let's see what should happening ois happening onthe roadways. candace dold is here. >> reporter: crews have worked endless hours to get the streets clean. but we are still have icy
patches. you can see the road is still covered. that could be the case right outside of your neighborhood as well. just again, use extra caution this morning. as far as the main lines are concerned, right on 95, here it is at the fort mchenry tunnel and it's the volume that we have deal with. they're pretty clear there. the cars are starting to pile in on the southbound lanes moving through the tubes. taking the belt lanes of the beltway, a-okay, and the same deal from the harbor tunnel heading toward 95. a 5-minute trip, 54 miles per hour. that's a look at the morning travels, patrice, over to you. thank you, candace. 6:34 on fox 45 morning news. a measure to bring slots to maryland moves forward. last night after months of debate and delays, the anne arundel county council approved a zoning bill that would allow slots near arundel mills mall. the council approved zoning at laurel racetrack. in the end only one of those bills can actually pass. megan gilliland joins us live from hanover with more. now there's a new debate, megan,
good morning. >> reporter: good morning, patrice, it's been 10 months of indecision and debates surrounding the slot machines. there's still far more questions than answers. last night the anne arundel county council passed not one but two zoning proposals. this is a move that will shift the decision on to the county executive, john leopold. he will have to choose between the arundel mill location right here the racetrack. leopold has been outspoken that he is supporting the site near the mall. even if the slots could become a reality it could be quite a long time before they would begin to see any revenue. that was the whole purpose of bringing the parlors to maryland. >> everything has changed. we don't know when these guys are going to get started. there's cost over runs, and slow downs. it would be irresponsible to use those projections. >> i think a smart thing to do would be to budget for less than what you would expect, that way
we will get more. we won't have a deficit is we won't need all of these cuts. >> reporter: the stay was expecting to collect $600 million a year from five locations across the state. those goals have been dealt on the setback after bids to put slots because the groups failed to meet the de line deadlines ty millions of dollars in licensing fees. the workers discovered in the grand stand. there's a casino near i-95 that has been approved. it's expected to open later this year, whether at this site anne arundel near the mall will be next, we will have to wait and see. megan gilliland, fox 45 morning news. it's another day of clean up after this weekend's winter blast. and people are trying to get back into their normal routines, but people who rely on mta say
they are finding that hard to do. icy roads in the city are throwing their bus routes and the times off. joel d smith is live in canton with more of people are experiencing out there and it looks still pretty messy, joel. >> reporter: that is the problem. it's very inconsistent. we have heard from bus drivers saying they can't get to some roads. that upsets the riders. they don't know what to expect for the day. is it going to take them the normal half hour to get some. >> reporter: an hour. the mta says go to different locations that are more clear. that would be a better chance for you to know what the situation is. i'm here with ken laurie. you live here and you don't take the bus necessarily. have you ever seen a plow on this street this is on south mount avenue? >> no, i haven't seen any plows come through here. it's slippery in spots. on some of the main roads i have seen it and i haven't driven at all because i'm pretty much, i'm blocked in. >> reporter: you're blocked
in, but when we're talking about sidewalks. that's another issue and you have experienced some ice, right? >> yeah. exactly. some of these sidewalks have been pretty slippery. not every sidewalk has been cleared out, you know, but you got to be careful, especially walking the dog and things like that rowr. >> reporter: you hurt your foot. >> i did hurt my foot so i'm hopping along. >> reporter: we hope you can dig yourself soon. the mta says check with them on diversions that might be happening. if you're going to work, if you're walking it's the best way to get around here. i'm joel d smith, fox 45 morning news. real slippery out there, joel, you be ircalf, too. >> reporter: no problem. retairetail sales may have n a hit because of the snowstorm. last year the saturday before christmas accounted for $15 billion in sales. not so much this year with the
snowstorm keeping east coasters at home. consumers could see deeper discounts this week because of it. that bring us to the question of '09. did the blizzard affect your holiday travels or shopping plans? that's the question of the day. we will take your calls about it in our 7:00 hour. you can go to foxbaltimore.com and tell us what you think or sound off on our facebook page. send us a tweet at foxbaltimore.com or enter fox 45a for yes or fox 45b for no at 45203. because baltimore's streets have still covered with snow. there will be changes to traffic pickup. there will be no alley pickup until further notice. residents are asked to put their trash in front of their homes. you can call 311 for more information on trash removal. coming up, house legislators want to pass health reform in
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take a look at sky watch hd radar. you can see we have a nice dry scan out there. no active weather going on. there are slippery roads. most of the roads are looking pretty good. we are talkin talking about whad gobbet roajob the road crews ha. back through the ohio valley snow moving through there as well. the central part of the our region is looking pretty good as high pressure is starting to nose in. that is allow skies to clear. we will see sunshine, it just won't allow us to warm up a whole lot with the northerly flow. take ago taking a look at the ny flow, you see it drying out nicely, snow moving to the north and east, back toward the ohio valley and the central plains, the northern plains is where we see a next of shea heavy snow ad thanks to the cold air circulating around it. as we continue around the low, we get the warm air from the
south. the stationary boundaries will become a warm front. that warm front will be bringing us middle warm air. that is the possibility of freezing rain overnight within christmas eve into christmas day. when i say christmas day, probably late day christmas eve and overnight and into the morning hours of christmas itself. we will be talking about some rain and because of the milder temperatures the possibility of flooding, too, especially where you see it indicated in the green to the eastern shore and also on the west side the chesapeake bay. that is where we think we will have the best chance of flooding concerns. we will take a look at an inch of rain coming our way as well as as much as what is equivalent to 2-3 inches of water. 35 degrees right now, partly cloudy, not bad, southwest winds at 6 miles an hour. there's room for the temperatures to drop a little bit before they bounce back. 35 degrees in baltimore. 29 in salisbury and the winds are up around 5-10 miles per
hour making it feel chillier this morning. eastern shore, today, though, getting up to 39 degrees for the high, a 10-15-mile-an-hour wind. the central part of the state, about 38 degrees should do it with mostly clear skies and further points west, look for temperatures there to get to 32 degrees. some places even the higher elevations in the mid-20s. tonight 18 only for the overnight low. get ready, get the snugy out if you have one. the northwest wind at 5-10 miles per hour. actually a lot of people i know like that. 35 degrees for the high today, and tomorrow 3 35 and sunshine. and 39, and looking good for christmas day. we get the sleet or freezing rain. just rain and flooding concerns to early saturday. 39 and 38 for sunday and monday. sky watch raid is at your finger tips. you can use the fox 45 powerful
radar to track incoming storms. he go to foxbaltimore.com and click oirk on i radar. now candace is here with a look at the traffic edge. >> reporter: steve, they now have snuggies for dogs. this is what you're going to wake-up if you are waking up on the side streets. this is in baltimore city in canton. that ice is still blanketing that road and unfortunately even though crews have worked, long, long hours out there, we are still dealing with this. be careful if you're traveling there. and of course, walking on sidewalks this morning as you head out. as far as the main lines, pretty clear. 56 miles per hour on the beltway at security boulevard and 55 traveling near the catonsville area. as far as the pikeville region, at 59 miles per hour. we do have some trouble to talk about, though in northern baltimore county. there's a car that is on an embankment at valley mill road. as far as 83 at in the area that is what it looks like in the
block in canton on saturday. the woman paid him and he left. he came back later, forced his way inside, raped the woman and cut her dloat. throat. the senate is inching closer for a full vote for the healthcare reform bill after days of working long hours and making deals to appease senators holding out on their support. sandra endo brings us up to speed on the latest in washington. >> reporter: good morning, patrice, there's still a lot work to be done today. in fact, two more votes happening in the chamber, but the vote happened in the wee hours of the morning in the senate yesterday. democratic senators are working frantically to try to bring this bill to a vote but some critics are asking at what cost? >> after days of wrangling at odds over healthcare reform, it was old fashion deal making that brought democratic senators together to overcome a
republican filbuster. >> that is what the legislation is all about. >> reporter: harry reid vows all the politicking serves a last year's goal. >> our responsibility is to care for all people, not just those that are fortunate, that is what this historic reform fixes. >> reporter: before reefing a consensus, some senators who opposite certain provision inside the legislation held out their support getting sweeteners for the state as part of the reform bill. the federal government will flip nebraska's bill for expanding medicaid indefinitely. republicans are crying foul. >> chicago style, back room, buy outs at the expense of the american taxpayers. >> and then we find out there's other sweetheart deals which make this thing begin to stink to high heaven. >> reporter: but the bills got praise from president obama. >> the bill moves closer to make a tremendous difference for
families, seniors and for the country as a whole. >> reporter: the senate reform plan, picked up support from the american medical association. the senate is likely to vote on the bill later this week. after the bill passes the senate it must be merged with the house version before a final bill goes to the president. ta will likely be done soon after the new year. in washington, i'm sandra endo, patrice back to you. sandra, what are some of the other deals that the states made in exchange for those votes. >> reporter: very interesting, because all of the back room wheeling and dealing is coming to life, bette bernie sanders, was opposed for the public option being dropped. he got extra money for medicare expansion in turn for his support. and chris dodd was on board for healthcare reform but he squeezed $100 million to make sure another hospital will be built in his state.
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>> $25 to them could mean a month of corn that they could use to feed their chickens and then take their chick toantz ch. >>the other website, you can buy like stock for people. >> exactly, you can buy rabbits, a hog, you can buy a cow. >> that is what my mother got for christmas by the way. >> she did. >> i think it's wonderful that you did that, but also the ability to buy a piece of live stock or animal to give it to someone that it improves their lives. >> and then if you purchase those things on behalf of someone else, those people then get a card or some kind of notification in the mail that tells them. >> you get status reports on how that is going. they repay the loans. 98% of the loans are repaid in full. >> wow. >> just last week tiva loaned
over $2 million. $25 at a time from people like you and me. >> it's a great gift to be able to give on behalf of someone else. >> it's keva.org and the other one is heffer.org. >> yes. >> coming up in the 7:00 hour, santa isn't the only one checking his list twice. tuesday lawmakers tell white house think thetell uswhowho th. >> reporter: some the roads look like this and what that means to the mta. the final vote on slots in anne arundel county proves it will not be the final word on the issue. i'm megan gilliland why it appears that we're back at square one. you are watching fox 45 morning news, all local all morning.
impacting, roads, buses, and even christmas holiday travel. you better watch out. maryland lawmakers weigh in on who made the naughty and nice list in 2009. good morning. it's tuesday, december 22nd. you're taking a live look at downtown baltimore. some of those secondary roads still have snow and ice on them so be careful as you are up and out getting around. because of all the snow and ice still on the roadways in a lot of areas, students get to stay home for another snow day after this weekend's winter blast. here is the list of school closings in our area. anne arundel county, baltimore city, baltimore county, tal vert and carroll county schools all close today. see cell county, howard, kent,
montgomery county, st. mary's county, washington, and wacomico county schools are all closed today. frederick and prince george's county officials have closed classes for today and tomorrow. meanwhile allegheny county schools are the only schools that are opening today. they're on a two-hour delay, but you still have to go to school in allegheny county today. remember whenever there's severe weather, just tune in to fox 45 morning news, our morning news ticker has the complete list of the latest closings, delays and traffic conditions. that ticker updates automatically and it even runs during the commercial. you can always get your hands on the information you need and go to our website as well at foxbaltimore.com. let's check in with meteorologist steve fertig and see what people can expect as far as temperatures as they are getting up and out. it's the freezing and refreezing and the thawing out. >> i tell snow days that was like hitting the lottery.
>> look at the facebook page, some the parents are saying, oh, another one. >> that is one thing they have to deal with. let's take a look at what is happening on the sky watch hd radar. you will see there's clouds that are allowing for the temperatures to hold, and not to drop. in richmond we have the temperatures in the 20s to upper 20s in that general vicinity. where we are we're in the 30s. 35 degrees and there's the richmond as muc temperature of o shot comparison. we will look at clearing skies with sunshine, just not warm temperatures because of the high pressure to the north that is behind the banner bringing in the northerly flow. it remains chilly for yet another day. as far as today's high temperature, 38 degrees should do it with a 5-10-mile-an-hour wind, it will be a cold and dry day today and tomorrow. dry christmas eve as though, christmas eve late night could be a bit icy with freezing rain coming in.
plain rain coming in on christmas and melting concerns. we have flooding concerns as a result of both, the rain and the melting that will go on. that is what is ahead. what is happening right now on the roadways candace dold knows and she has the traffic edge. candace, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, steve. we're talking about the side streets for another day and it's all because of this weekend's weather. this is what we're left with this morning. you can see it's still going to be a slippery go with the patches of ice on the roadway. just be careful because this is unfortunately what we're waking up to and what you can find at your neighborhood as well. as far as the main lines, they're pretty crystal clear at the 895 merge. can you tell that there's a lot of volume that is starting to filter in but we don't have incidents to talk about, so at least that is good news. heading on the beltway, the outer loop lanes, running pretty normal, just the volume that is increasing, an 11 minute clip, 15 miles per hour and the same speed with same speed up to 795.
from 795 toward 95, it's in excellent shape a 12-minute ride at 54 miles per hour. that's a look at morning travels, patrice, back to you. 7:04 so fox 45 morning news. for months it seemed no slot parlor proposal could get approval in anne arundel county. this morning they have two approved sites. at a much anticipated council meeting last night, officials vote to approve slots at the a arundel mills mall, but they gave the green light for slots at the laurel racetrack. that leaves a lot of people with questions than answers this morning. megan gilliland joins us from the laurel. >> reporter: but that council did approval two locations only one location can actually be passed, which means we are still at square one. >> no slots at the mills. >> we're protesting.
we don't want it and we think that the bill needs to die. >> reporter: it's been a long and drawn out debate. >> hope it goes yes. >> reporter: drawing protests from both sides. >> oh, absolutely. absolutely. >> reporter: but when it came time to vote last night. >> i vast my vote as an aye. >> reporter: the anne arundel county council passes not one but two opposite zoning proposals. >> i'm going to be voting yes. >> reporter: a move that shifts the decision on to the county executive. >> we will await his decision on which bill survives. >> reporter: one developer is already declaring victory. >> well, only one bill is consistent with the vote and that is 8209. >> reporter: the bill for slots at the arundel mills mall, but the racing industry isn't giving up just yet. >> we are hoping that he will remember the importance of the horse racing industry and preserve the opportunity for slots to be at laurel park. >> reporter: now even if slots are a, it could be quite a while before maryland would start seeing any revenue from the five proposed locations. so at this point, many are wondering is it going to be
worth it and what will that projected revenue be at this point, because that is the whole purpose of bringing these slots here. we will have much on that part of the story coming up at this hour. live in anne arundel county, megan gilliland, fox 45 morning news. police are investigating after a soldier on leave from afganistan is shot to death in southwest baltimore. officers say that private army clifford williams was driving home from the grocery store around midnight on sunday, he was in the 600 block south wit comm street and someone walked up to the car and opened fire. williams died at the st. agus hospital. his wife who was also in the car was not hurt. investigators are still looking for a suspect. baltimore police arrest a man wanted for a brutal rape during the weekend snowstorm. donald vaughn offered to shovel know from a woman's sidewalk in the 800 block in canton on saturday. the woman paid him and he left, but police say he came back
later, forced his way inside, rape the woman and cut her throat. teachers may be off in the city, but plenty of others are still trying to make it into work today. and while the main roads look great, it's the side streets that remain a challenge, especially for buses. joel d smith is live in canton this morning. joel, how was your drive in from the station. >> reporter: not too bad, because we took mainly the main roads which is fine. the main road over here is up foster. it's not even the biggest road in the area. not too bad. you can see foster. you can get around. you can see, and that's a good deal especially when you consider milton over here. what is the difference between this unplowed, or unkept sidewalk, you know, it hasn't been shoveled at all and the actual street. you can barely tell the difference. that is the problem when it comes to these buses. this street has a bit of a hill. that is difficult for the bus to come up.
that isn't the steepest hill around here. when you don't know where the bus is going to come and where it's going to be it frustrates the driver. they have been workin walking ad trying to find the main road and they have been complaining. this is what the mta says they should do. >> we can't encourage our customers to plan ahead for extra time if you are going to step out today in the next couple of days while we're in the situation. call ahead if possible to see if there's a diversion or any type of possible delay on your line. >> reporter: you can check ahead and do that with the mta website. and then this is what they're dealing with. this is how thick the ice is on this street. we have been talking with neighbors around here. some of them say they have not seen any plows come down milton. others say maybe one or 2 in the general area. obviously still more to be done when it comes to cleaning up the area and making it for of a consistent pa pattern for thoseo want to take the bus, patrice. retail sales may have taken
a big hit because of the weekend storm. super saturday wasn't so super for retailers on the east coast. experts say last year the saturday before christmas accounted for $15 billion in sales. this year, the snowstorm kept east coasters at home. but consumers could see even deeper discounts this week because of it. four major area malls are extending holiday hours to help retailers make up for the weekend and shoppers get their holiday shopping done. towson, owings mill mall, and the mall in columbia will be open until midnight tonight and tomorrow night. and that brings us to our question of the day. did the blizzard of '09 affect your holiday traffic or your shopping plans? we will take your calls later this hour. of course, you can go right now to foxbaltimore.com ask tell us what you think or go to our facebook page. can you send us a tweet at fox baltimore or you can text your answer to 45203, enter fox 45a
for yes or fox 45b for no. coming up the weekend snowstorm affects trash pickup in baltimore. the changes city residents need to know about. after the blizzard of '09, can we rest now and feel comfortable headed toward christmas week or do we have another system headed in our direction next on fox 45 morning news, all local all morning.
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at composite and seeing there's snow showers moving into pennsylvania and new york off of lake erie and ontario. in the ohio valley seeing snow showers there as well. again, the question is do we have anything coming our way? not from that amount of snow you see to the north and west of us. high pressure will dry our skies out and bring us plenty of sunshine today. it just won't warm up a whole lot because the flow continues to be from the north and west and so it remains chilly around here for today. checking our future scan model, we won't find anything but clearing skies for today and tomorrow. then clouds begin to move in. you can see that occurring by thursday morning so christmas eve morning, a little more cloud cover. by later christmas eve, meaning late night really into the overnight, see the moisture back to the west. that will be headed in our direction. what it will be bringing us is not snow this time. this time around, instead the snow will be in northern plains and you will get heavy doses there, even blizzard concerns for those folks, but for us we will be on the eastside of and
that means a warmer middle layer. and that brings us the possibility of sleet and freezing rain overnight into christmas morning. christmas morning it turns into plain rain. the possibility of flooding where you see it highlighted in greerntion thgreen, the easterns to the rain that could bring us to an inch of rain plus the melting snow and milder temperatures. that is why we have concerns for the milder temperatures there. it could be worse if we didn't have the clouds overhead. 47 in salisbury and 34 up in hagerstown. 23 in oakland, and temperatures today will climb just a bit, up to 39 for the eastern shore with mostly clear skies and 10-15-mile-an-hour winds. for the central part of the state, 38 degrees with mostly clear skies, northwest winds at 5-10 miles an hour. back to the west we go, they're a bit cooler, about 32 degrees for the high, though. the highest elevations will only be in the mid-20s. northwest wind at 5-10 miles per hour and checking out tonight, get ready.
here comes the cold, 18 degrees, find a new friend if you don't have one already to get warm by. it's going to be chilly with a northwest wind at 5-10 miles per hour. it's the time of year, right to get friendly with your fellow neighbors. 34 degrees by tomorrow with a lot of sunshine, 35 degrees for thursday, again christmas eve with the overnight chance of some sleet to freezing rain into friday when we have just plain rain for christmas itself. 32 degrees, early showers continuing and the flooding concern continues from friday to saturday, too. 39 and 38 for your sunday and monday with mostly clear skies. fox 45 sky watch weather is now at your finger tips. iradar is available at foxbaltimore.com. you can use fox 45's powerful doppler radar to track incoming storms. the enter ak o interactive toolt you see when rain or snow will be over your house. go to foxbaltimore.com and click on i radar. now candace dold is here with a look at the traffic edge. >> reporter: thank you, steve. check on the side streets for
you this morning. it's going to be a bit of a rough go on several of them. cawe can show you what it was le in canton this morning. we have been taking live looks of this throughout morning. and this just continues, wicked weather continues to be a problem. the slippery go on the roads and also on the sidewalks. just use caution as you are traveling or even walking out there this morning. as for the main lines, they're looking pretty well. here is 895 at the harbor tunnel, you can see the cars are zipping along but the northbound lanes and northbound direction as well. we have an incident to talk about this morning. we can show you on the map right there. a disabled tractor trailer, it's actually stuck in the snow and it completely blocks the ramp from eastern avenue right to north point road. we will continue to keep you up-to-date on this one it was just into our newsroom. as for other area sideways. we can show you that scene and a lot of traffic on those cars.
new this morning, the record-breaking snow fall affects trash pickup for some city residents. since several roadways are still covered, there won't be any alley pickups until the area is cleared. pell peoplpeople are asked to pr trash in front of their homes instead. if you have any questions about the changes, call 311 for more information. installing carbon monoxide detectors will become standard procedure for baltimore county landlords. yesterday the county council approved legislation that requires detectors to be installed by those fueled by equipment. and the legislation takes effect in 45 days. after months of wrangling and delays zoning for slots was approved in anne arundel county last night. supporters say the yes vote paves the way for the the largest casino in maryland and money the state and county desperately needs.
opponents say it opens the door to big problems. aaron meissner joins us this montmorning. >> good morning. >> it came to a vote but it's a vote you don't agree with it. what is the problem with slots. >> slots anywhere generates a huge amount of backlash from people. people like slots because they think it's going to reduce their taxes. it's a free lunch, but when push comes to shove, this has to go somewhere. when you put it in people's homes and families, they are going to fight and that is what you are seeing. >> last night they approved zoning for the laurel track area, and the anne arundel mills mall. do you think they would be happier if they went near the track area? n there's people who work near laurel who worked hard during the referendum opposing this. arundel mills came out of blue. my anticipation is that the
laurel location will be vetoed by the county executive and there's going to be an ongoing fight over arundel mills. >> how do you all continue to fight now that it has been approved for zoning. it's likely that county executive leopold wants to move on it. what is the next step? >> anne arundel county has a legal struck structur structurew laws to be petitioned for referendum. the under pinnings of a petition drive to put this on the ballot of 2010. it's going to be interesting because anne arundel county voters will get a second bite at this apple. they will have a -- they will look back over the last two years and see that none of the promises that were made during the original campaign have been fulfilled. all of it was based on the false fooder hood and overdrawn promises. they will have a chance to say this is something we don't really want. >> you are pretty confident that is wait they will go, we don't want it?
>> when you threaten people's homes and families, you can't underestimate how hard people are going to fight. >> how about the revenue that would come in. that is the big push for slots we will get all of this money in? >> i never believed that the numbers were close. i think what you're seeing is just a set of laws that are coming undone right before our eyes. >> it took months to get to this point. i'm sure there's months still to go. >> it's going to be interesting. >> aaron, thank you for coming in. the blizzard of '09 affects holiday shopping plans. how things away from the mall last weekend could benefit consumers now. next the ravens lose another defensive play for the next of season. more on the
i'm chris te kristen berset witt look at sports. the ravens received bat news there, rookie lardarius web is out for the rest of the season with a torn acl. now this is a huge blow for the ravens. webb is their best quarterback and their kick returner. coach john harbaugh says webb is a talented player and will be missed. >> lardarius has got a torn acl and is going to be out. we are disappointed. he played so well. he is such a likable guy. you guys know what kind of guy he is, and he has made a big impact on our team. the guys really respect him and like him. we're going to miss him. >> the general manager hinted that the team could be looking at bringing back this guy, former ravens chris
mccalsster. >> horuki nakimura suffered injuries. he they had 26 intersections with 5 of those being returned for touchdowns. on monday's press conference, harbaugh did not object to bringing mccalster back. >> we are bringing anybody back that can play, anybody can help us, you know, obviously, he would be an option and there are other options out there as well. realistically, we will have another defensive back in this team by wednesday. if that doesn't workout it doesn't workout. it's not like they are out there everywhere. there's a lot of specifications that we need for a guy who is going to help us in the game. >> with two games left. this week they face their arch riflerivals in pittsburgh, but
they're going with a momentum. it team seems that the ravens ha grip on the december football. >> i think we were able to capitalize and execute. defense made big plays for us and we were able to capitalize and get the ball. >> one thing i know is we control our destiny. it's really panning out for us to go out and we win games. >> definitely the last couple weeks it felt like the tied turned in our favor. we hope that the
students around the region get another snow day after the weekend's winter blast. too many areas not clean enough for kids do head out there and go to school. several are closed. anne arundel county, baltimore county, carroll county, all closed today. cecil county, harford, howard, kent, montgomery county schools also closed. sane mary's washington and a wacomico county schools are closed. frederick and prince george's county officials have canceled classes for today and for tomorrow. they're enjoying extra long holiday break. allegheny county schools are the only schools on the list that are on a two-hour delay today. allegheny county you do have to go to school, just two hours late. remember, whenever winter weather hits. tune in to fox 45 morning news. our morning news ticker will have a complete list of all the latest closings, delays and traffic conditions.
that ticker updates automatically and it even runs during commercials. can lose find out more about the closings at our website foxbaltimore.com. now let's find with meteorologist steve fertig and take a look at the forecast. it has one storm on the way out and another storm on the way in. >> there's another weather system coming our way. the question has been what will it be this time? will it be the same. >> you said no, but ice could be worse. i'm mor more afraid that. >> we're looking at christmas eve, and christmas itself, changing over to plain rain. it could make slopping getting around if you have travel plans on christmas day itself. probably a good idea to leave the day before as many of you will. the sky watch hd radar not looking very eventful and leaving clouds around. to the north you see snow showers up in pennsylvania, new york, we have been seeing a lot of activity with lake-effect snow there. 35 degrees in gaul baltimore, i.
and the cool spot, a cooler spot west. 23 degrees is the starting temperature. wilmington 32 and the wind are up around 5-10 miles per hour not real windy today but breezy enough to make it feel chillier. you see the windchill effect, not having a change factor on outdoor temperatures. 25 degrees for the the non-time temperature and 32 degrees after getting to the high temperature of 1 to 2:00 of 38 degrees. let's check out the roadways once again. we will take a look at that with slippery spots. here is candace dold with the traffic edge. >> reporter: that's a good spot. if you're heading out and hitting the roadways this is what it's looking like. you're taking a live look right now. this is in canton. we still have icy patches that are covering those roadways. again, just take it a little extra slow if you're headed. you can see that car hitting some caution.
we do stylly hav have a disabler trailer. it's stuck in the snow. you will want to use fairview as an alternate route. heading on the main lines in the area, they're looking a-okay down toward the beltway. an 8-minute trip, 52 miles per hour and an excellent shape on 895, from the harbor tunnel at 53 miles per hour with a 9-minute drive. the beltway so far so good from 95 up toward 83 a 12-minute drive, 51 miles per hour. that's a look at morning travels, patrice, let's send it over to you. candace, 7:34 on fox 45 morning. a measure to bring slots to maryland moved forward. last night after months of debate and delays, the anne arundel county council approved a zoning bill that would allow slots at anne arundel mills mall, and they approved slots at the racetrack. but in the end only one of those
bills can pass. it has been 10 months of indecision and delays surrounding the slot decisions here in anne arundel county. this morning, there's still more questions than answers. last night the anne arundel county passed not one but two zoning proposals that will shift the decision on to the county executive of john leopold. he will have to choose between the arundel mills mall location, and laurel racetrack. he does support the mall but even in the slots were toe become a reality here in maryland it would be quite a while before the state would begin to see any revenue. that was the whole prurps for bringing the parlors to maryland. >> we don't know when they will get started. there's cost over runs and slow downs. it would be irresponsible to use those projections. >> the smart thing to do this year is to budget for less than what you expect. that way you get more, we won't have a deficit and need all of
these cuts. >> reporter: the state was expecting to collect $600 million a year from the five slot locations around the state. those goals have been dealt another setback. after bids to put slots in baltimore city and rocky gap were rejected, both because of the groups failed to meet the deadline to pay millions of dollars in licensing fees. while the owner of ocean downs has received a license, that project is also delayed because workers discovered asbestos in the grand stand. a casino has been approved and that one is expected to open later this year. whether this site at the arundel county is next, time will tell. i'm megan gilliland, fox 45 morning news. it's another day of clean up after this weekend's winter blast and people are trying to get back into their normal routines. but people who rely on mta say they're finding that hard to do. icy side roads in the city are throwing their bus routes and times off.
joel d smith is live in canton with more on why it's such a problem. joel, that one car behind you seems to be moving just fine. >> reporter: is true, because that is not what we call a side street around here. this is foster avenue. it has been treated pretty well. this is a side street and this is milling ton. the -- milton. milton is still a mess, and some the folks are trying to get to their car right now. you got to take it easy. we talked to the folks around here. they haven't seen any plows. who know if they're look every second of day. one person said, maybe just one. look at how packed this is. this ice is this thick. that is the problem. buses are having a hard time getting up and down the street. they still have this much ice on them. once you get across here and get to the main road you're in pretty good shape. we spoke to mta. give yourself more time, obviously you will need that. many mta buses are still on diverted schedules. that means means they're missins
and contact them to know if your area is being missed. check out the website. go to the main roads and you will be in better shape. light rails 10 minutes late. light train is on the s schedule, s as in smith. s schedule. and mobility buses for mta are on a regular schedule. they're looking good. it's going to take more time just like yesterday. >> i waited two hours for a bus. it was rough, but i made it, thank god. >> i was sitting at a bus stop for a long time like an hour. >> get to the near of the main thoroughfare. that is the best bet because most likely those streets have been treated. >> reporter: take it easy, get to the main streets, and give yourself extra time. this is the reason why everything is slower than it should be. we're live at canton, joel d smith, fox 45 morning news. retail sales may have taken a big because of the weekend storm. super saturday wasn't so super for retailers on the east coast.
experts say last year the saturday before christmas accounted for $15 billion in sales. this year, the snowstorm kept east coasters at home. but consumers could see even deeper discounts this week because of it. and four major area malls are extending their hol hey day -- y hours to help retailers make up, and owings mills mall, and the mall in columbia will be open until midnight tonight and tomorrow. and that brings us to our question of the day. did the blizzard of '09 affect your holiday traffic or shopping plans? the phone lines are open now at (410)481-4545. can you also go to fox baltimore.com and tell us what you think or sound of through phase book nofacebook. send us a tweet through fox baltimore. or text your answer at 45203.
41 on this tuesday morning. a quiter day than we have seen over the last few days looking a bit better, but there's slippery roads out there. we will go to candace dold with regard to the roads. as we look at activity out there with terms of snow falling right now. we will find snow to the north and west. you can see it moving to pennsylvania and new york insuring and ohio valley. that is not coming here, because high pressure is going to keep it at bay. we will be just fine other than icy roads at spots. the cold temperature something else you will have to deal with. it will be a chilly day with the high pressure sitting to the northwest and the northerly flow. we will get sunshine later but we do have to deal with cold temperatures. that is something that we will be talking about in terms of weather lending itself more of the same coming its way toward christmas eve and toward christmas as we check on precipitation. future ca scan model indicatin g
that nothing happens. ahead of that storm system. what will that system bring us. it's going to come due to the low pressure center to the north and east tracking toward the great lakes on the west side. it will bring a lot of cold air from the north. that means the folks where there's precipitation, will you see a lot of snow on the northern plains. where we are we get a southerly flow. moving into the mid-layers especially early and that will allow for possibly freezing rain for late christmas eve. i'm talking overnight after midnight maybe and into the early morning hours. changing over to plain rain as we get more rain on all layers of the atmosphere bringing us the possibility of some flooding concerns, because we will have maybe an inch of rain on top of that milder air causing snow melt and that is why we're looking at this green area of most concern for the possibility of flooding on the eastside of the chesapeake bay and the
eastern shore and also right along the western side of the chesapeake bay and toward d.c. and further points south and west. that is the next concern as far as all weather out there. as far as temperatures out there, though, they're in the low 30s. we thought they would be in the 20s this morning, but because we are hanging on it a few more clouds than expected, we are seeing a milder start to the day that we would have otherwise. instead of the 20s we start with the low 30s, we climb to 39 degrees for the high in the eastern shore with mostly eastern skies. it will look pretty but won't warm up a whole lot. we will see plenty of sunshine as well the northwest wind at 5-10 miles per hour. hanging on to the clouds early but we expect the clouds to clear up some. partly cloudy skies there, the northwest wind at 5-10 miles an hour. tonight, 18 degrees the overnight low. get readily, here comes the cold air with the clear skies. radiational cooling and the northwesterly flow and that is why the temperatures drop a
little bit more. after the 38 today, 34 for tomorrow with a lot of sunshine. 35 degrees on your christmas eve day looking pretty good during the day partly cloudy to be unevenfuuneventful until the ovt period. probably more freezing rain. changing over p to plain rain fr christmas day. at the beginning of saturday when the showers do continue before we dry out later in the day. 39 degrees and mostly clear for your sunday, monday 38 degrees with mostly sunny skies. that is a look at your weather. let's see what is happening on the roadways. candace dold will let you know what it looks like on the traffic edge. >> reporter: thank you, steve. we want to talk about mass transit for a minute. we do have delays. the light rail in the southbound direction is dealing with a 10 minute-delay. as far as the marx train camden line it's delayed by 20 minutes.
a 15 minute-delay on train 513. just be aware it will take extra time to travel on tha mass trant and also on the side streets as well. we can show you exactly what it looks like. here is baltimore city right at canton on the side street. there's still patches of ice there unfortunately. this is a glimpse of that aftermath from this weekend's wicked weather. this is what you're going to be dealing with and could find it in your neighborhood as well. as far as the main lines and the actual speeds out there doing much better. things are looking good for us right now. 65 miles per hour on 95 near the fort mchenry tunnel. on 95 and 67 on the beltway traveling near harford area. we do have trouble on the secondary roadway, though. there's a disabled truck, now it's because of a tractor trailer that is actually stuck in the snow and it completes block the ramp from eastern avenue to north point road. will you want to use fairview and hop on to a ben dale.
the southbound lanes we have seen our fair share of volume. here it is, ligh a lot of cars t are traveling and the main lines are clear so we don't patchy roadways to deal with. that has been in excellent shape all morning long. it continues to be a pretty picture inner and outer loop direction. that's a look at the morning travels, patrice, back to you over. record-breaking snow fall causes big headaches, business closures, did the blizzard of '09 affe
lights were grounded. airport shutdown. and road travel was difficult due to conditions. grocery stores were forced to close. that brings us to the question of the day. did the blizzard of '09 affect your holiday travel or shopping plans. the phone lines are open the (410)481-4545. our first caller is karen in baltimore. >> good morning. >> did you get all messed up because of the storm. >> no, actually i was praying that we would have a blizzard. it was good to me. >> you stayed indoors and relax. >> no i did not stay indoors. i did get out and did the rest of my shopping. >> all right. good for you karen. a lot of people are trying to catch up with you today. thank you for calling. >> let's go to kiko in baltimore. good morning. >> good morning. >> how did the blizzard affect you? >> it kept me indoors. i was mad because the mall was closed, though, but i barely
made 30. >> did you need to get last minute shopping in? >> yes. >> are you done now? >> yes. >> i was going to tell you the malls are open late tonight, in case you need to run and get one more thing, but good for you. >> let's take a look at what the folks at our facebook page did. having a newborn and trying to get to work, this year i wish it didn't snow. i haven't seen this much snow since 1996. and then we have herman. herman said what a lot of people on facebook said today. herman said, no, the snowstorm did not affect shopping plans. money affected my shopping this year and i can't tell you. we have about, 3, 4, 5, responses that all say the same thing. if we take a look at the twitter page real quick. one of our twitter responders said, no, i was out there both days. it was the best shopping day i have ever had. i had best buy all to myself, fantastic. >> so far, 42% of you say yes, the weather did affect your
plans, but 58% say no. hopefully, if you do have shopping to catch up with, you can get to done today. coming up tis' the season. when you hear that, you know what it means. it's the time to countdown for our christmas. our phone lines are open for you to have a chance to win a gift from under our tree. naughty nice. tuesday delegates will let us know if notables should be
good morning, and happy holidays, gentlemen. >> happy holidays and merry christmas. >> we're in trouble. >> i'm the good one. >> the naughty and the nice. >> let's give you some names and tell me what you think about these people. what would you give them as a gift. let's talk about someone who has made national news a lot, tiger woods. delegate anderson what would you give him. >> it's morning television. >> i would give tiger woods a role model, a man who would be a good role model, as opposed to tiger woods being a role model for rest of america. >> a good lawyer. >> i think his wife is headed to divorce court. he is going to need that. >> let's go local. mayor sheila dixon has been in the news a lot of this year. delegate mcdonough what would you give her for christmas? >> early parole. >> that is not right.
>> i would give sheila a big hug for two reasons, the job she has done and b for the things she is going to be going through. a big hug for sheila for christmas. >> barack obama always in the spotlight. what would you give to him, delegate anderson? >> i always see him with a coat but never a hat. i worry about this young man. would i give him a nice fluffy hat or a niece, black hat kind of a hat. >> that is what got tiger woods in trouble. he might not need to tip has hat to the ladies. >> delegate mcdonough, i can only imagine what you want to give the president. >> one term, early retirement. >> that is what you thought you would say. how about senator harry reid. delegate mcdonough, what do you think harry deserves. >> a sock full of coal and a lofty lex in hilost, election ae
state. >> govergovernor o'malley. what does he get for christmas, naughty or nice list? >> i would put governor o'malley on the nice list. he has been a good governor so far and a great father for his kids. i'm going to give him a and white santa suit so he can surprise the kids on christmas eve. >> how generous you are, delegate pha mcdonough. >> in order to protect the taxpayers, i would hope to give governor mall leann owe mall hey retirement. >> what about bob ehrlich. people are talking about him in the news, they're wondering if he is going to run for governor again. what would you get for him? >> a quick decision. >> all right. delegate anderson.
>> bob ehrlich, i would try to find him a house in another state, perhaps, montana. >> let me ask you quickly, the baltimore ravens. we had a goodwin last week? >> i would give the baltimore ravens an extra ray rice. if the first ray rice goes bad, we could have a second. >> i would say yes to that one. >> delegate mcdonough? >> i would the same thing and i would hope that we can give them a super bowl ring. lastly, del get mcdonough what would get for delegate anderson? >> what do you get for a bhan whman whohas everything? >> the new year, more bad ideas. >> delegate anderson, i'm going to give you the last word. that is my gift to you since you say i never let you have that? >> what would i give to the man who gets nothing.
> a long awaited vote on slots for anne arundel county. why it doesn't end the mistier f where the kass -- the mystery of where the casino will go. fallout from the snow. the latest list of school closings and delays. driving last friday on the way to cincinnati ♪ ♪ on a snow on christmas eve >> and do you hear what i hear. carrie under wood takes us behind the scenes of her holiday special.
good morning. it's tuesday, december 22nd. i'm patrice harris. good morning, i'm megan gill lan. gilliland. dealing with a lot of snow out there and that is forcing a lot of schools to be closed today. students around the region are getting another snow day after the winter's winter blast. anne arundel county, baltimore city, baltimore carroll and see kill county closed today. how card county, kent county, montgomery, kain st. mary's and franklin county and prince george's county officials have canceled schools for today and tomorrow. they have start their hally di . >> the ticker up indicts automatic -- updates automatically and it even runs
during commercials. you can always check the information on foxbaltimore.com. before we do that, we will continue to the spirit here on fox 4 45 holiday, the stack of gifts are starting to dwindle down. we are giving those gifts away before christmas eve. >> christmas eve are two days away from now. that is why the gifts are getting smaller and smaller. there's a big ticket item there. it's worth thousands of dollars. maybe today you can win one of those gifts. right now if you're the 4th or 5th caller at (410)481-4545. now let's check in with meteorologist steve fertig and see when the ice will melt or even if it will. you know what, even though wert nowe're not expecting a cof snow it's going to be a rain event, still with all of that snow a white christmas. >> i like it. >> the new rain coming in will make all of this very slick and icy or it's going to melt some of it. >> and that is the other problem, absolutely.
>> who needs me? >> we got it covered. >> flooding concerns, our hour -- >> we don't. >> are our concern as well in the sky watch, as you can see clouds out there holding steady right now not allow the temperatures to fall a whole lot. but snow falling in pennsylvania and new york. that is not coming here today, but what we're talking about is the chance of a low pressure center moving into the great lakes region by christmas eve night. some warmer air in the middle layers. that is going to bring us clouds and then a chance of freezing rain for overnight christmas eve night and christmas and change over to plain rain as patrice was indicating and doing my job. she told us that we could get flooding concerns around here. of course, that is not a laughing matter. we will have to keep an eye on that closely because for the chesapeake area and points of east of there, could be problems as we get toward the end of this week.
we will have more on that shortly. candace dold is here with what is happening on the roadways with more immediate concerns. she has the traffic edge. >> reporter: thank you, steve. we have concerns for people who are going to take mass transit. delays on the southbound direction is delayed by 10 minutes. trouble on the marx train 825 is delayed by 20 minutes. and the penn line, it will take a few extra minutes, 15 minutes in fact traveling on train 513. that is the train that is delayed this morning. we do want to show you what it looks like if you're heading out on the roadways. here is a live look at camden, you can see the icy patches continuing to blanket the side streets. ithis is what you can find as yu wake-up. be careful as you head on the side streets and the main lines. we can show you they're taking the 895 and 95 area that is in the green, but then look at this, a disabled tractor trailer, it's all because it's
stuck in snow, eastern avenue. east fairview over to a vin dale as the alternate route. that's a look at morning commute pa. megan back to you. patrice, thank you. a vote to move slots forward moved. anna ruanne arundel county apprd zoning at laurel racetrack but only one of those bills can actually pass. county executive john leopold will decide which one gets the final nod. he has been outspoken in his support, though of the site near the mall. but even if slots are approved, it could be quite a while before the state would begin to see any revenue. >> everything has changed. we don't know when these guys are going to get started. there's cost over runs, slow downs, no. it would be irresponsible to use those projections. >> i think the smart thing to do this year would be to budget for less than what you expect that
way you can get more -- we won't have a deficit andny all of these cuts. >> initially the state was expecting to collect $600 million a year, but those goals have been dealt another setback after bids to put slots in baltimore city and rocky gap were rejected. police are investigating after a soldier on leave from afganistan is shot to death in southwest baltimore. officers say 22-year-old private clifford williams was driving home from the grocery store around midnight on sunday. he was on south whitcomb street when someone walked up to the car and opened fire. williams died in st. agus hospital. his wife who was in the car was not hurt. investigators are still looking for a suspect. baltimore police arrest a man wanted for a brutal rate during -- rape during the weekend storm. donald vaughn offered to shovel snow from a woman's sidewalk in canton on saturday. the woman paid him and he left. but police say he came back
later, forced his way inside, raped the woman and cut her throat. teachers may be off from work in the city because of that winter blast we saw over the weekend but plenty of others are trying to make to work through all of those conditions. >> while the main roads do look pretty good, the side streets are the big challenge, especially for buses. joel d smith is live in canton this morning and he has been showing us why the buses are having problems. we can see it behind you, joel. >> reporter: you're looking at the good stuff, unfortunately. this is foster avenue right now if pretty good shape. they can get up and down the road pretty well. getting on the road it b can bet of trouble. this is breaking up but look at how thick this base is on milton avenue. no wonder the buses are having a hard time on the street. he lives a few blocks down that roadway and he has a few blocks
to go before he can get to his car. you walk sometimes 12 blocks to get to your car. you walk on the street, you walk on the sidewalk, what percentage of the sidewalks are actually shoveled like they should be? >> well, like about, 30, 35% shoveled, still have a lot of ice. >> reporter: what do you do to get around, go on the roads. >> yeah, i'm walk where it's dry, usually on the roads that is clear. certainly blocks that the neighbors have shoveled off the whole entire blocks. i look for the dry spots. >> reporter: overall you're not a complainer of people who we have been talking to you. what grade would you give the city for clean up? >> they still have side streets to clean up. i would give them 50. >> reporter: what grade would you give the city overall on the cleanup? >> they could have been out, you know, after the snow and all of that. >> reporter: come on, what is it? >> like i said, give them a 50%.
>> reporter: all right, maybe a c then? >> yeah. >> reporter: he is giving them a c. thanks for joining us this morning. and for the mta they're telling us just get out to the main roads. that is where the buses will be. there could be a delay. give yourself extra time and the buses can get on the main roads just not on the ones like these. guys, back to you? >> walking to the main roads, that is the problem. joel, thank you. retail sales might have taken a big hit because of the weekend storm. super saturday was not the super for retailers on the east coast. experts say that last year, the last saturday before christmas accounted for $15 billion in sales, unbelievable, but not so much this year with the major snowstorm keeping east coaster at home. consumers could be seeing deeper discounts at the stores because of that, good news for them. uh-huh. and four major area malls are extending their holiday hours to help retailers to make up for the weekend and help the
shoppers get their shopping down. towson mall center and the mall in columbia and owings mill mall will be open until midnight tonight and tomorrow night which makes for a long day for the people who work in the mall. shoppers will definitely need it. >> coming up get in the holiday spirit with carrie underwood. >> the country star takes us behind the scenes of her christmas special. and our countdown to christmas continues. we have our winners on the phone picking out their gifts. stay tuned to find out what they won and when your next chance to win is. 8:11 is the time. you are watching fox 45 morning news, all local all morning.
it is 8:13 on this tuesday morning getting closer to the christmas holiday. we want to know what is the weather going to be like? let's start with today, because some of you may starting your vacation early, travels plans without sometime problems. the main roads looking pretty good and candace will get us caught up in a little bit. hd radar nothing active over maryland although there's clouds
holding. that means that temperatures haven't dropped as much. let's take a look at the bigger picture and take a look at lake-effect snow in new york and pennsylvania and traveling up to that part of the country, you will have to deal with the activity there. dealing with icy conditions moving into the southern part of indiana and into kentucky, too. that will be where we see the most activity right now. around here, only high pressure bringing us some dry conditions and chilly conditions, nevertheless. our future scan model is going to show us that we do see some improvement as the skies clear out. we will see plenty of sunshine. we will still get the northerly flow of air. see the country shake a little bit there. everybody is feeling the chill it looks like. the low pressure center is moving in our direction. as it does, it's going to bring on the backside a cold air to the northern plains where there will be heavy snow there over the next couple of days. for us, this low pressure center will bring warm air from the south in the mid layers of the at more fier. we were talking -- atmosphere.
we were talking about this yesterday. in the mid layers we will get a chance for freezing rain, probably more freezing rain than anything else. our concern turns to the possible flooding that could occur as we get to christmas day and sore fo for saturday, too. and that will cause a lot of this snow to melt. certainly plenty of it to melt. that means we get the flooding concerns especially where you see the green area in the eastern shore region and on the west side of the chesapeake bay. that is coming to keep in mind. mostly cloudy skies, temperature wise we have 34 degrees in baltimore. temperatures that dropped a little bit 29 in salisbury and 34 in hagerstown. oakland at 23. winds at 5-10 miles per hour. not a big deal as far as the winds are concern. 10-15-mile-an-hour wind. central part of the state climbing to 38 degrees with mostly clear skies. and again that northwesterly flow keeping us chilly even
though we will see plenty of sunshine. back to the west 32 degrees, and mid-20s in higher elevations. tonight we all feel the chill. 18 degrees with the clearing skies. we get a lot of cooling, radiational cooling, we call that. we will see the temperatures getting up to 28 degrees for the high. even though the high of a lot of sunshine out there. 35 degrees for the thursday, most of christmas eve day will be just fine partly cloudy. overnight into christmas early, we see the chance of sleet or freezing rain. and the concern of flooding for friday and saturday. 42 and and 42 for both days and clasclear skies for sunday and monday. iradar is available at foxbaltimore.com. you can use fox 45's powerful doppler radar to track incoming storms. the interactive tools will let sigh when rain or snow will be over your house. go to foxbaltimore.com and click on iradar. candace dold is here again with another look at the traffic edge, candace. >> reporter: thank you, steve. we're talking about mass transit
right now because we do have delays on the light rail and the southbound direction. that is delayed by 10 minutes. you will need to tack on time for the morning travels if you're heading on the mark train the camden line. thwe are dealing with 15 minutes on the penn line because of 513 train being delayed. just be aware you need to allow extra time if you're headed out there this morning. as far as the main lines are concerned, we are checking on the speeds, 45 miles per hur ont 95 at the northeast corner. we do have trouble to talk about, some serious trouble in fact. there's a tractor trailer that is stuck? the snow and it completely blocks the ramp from eastern avenue right to north point road. you will want to use fairview and hop on to a bing dale. at the harbor tunnel the northbound and southbound lanes, the cars are zipping along and that's the same deal on 95 through the fort mchenry
tunnel. teats a loothat's a look at morg travels. patrice, and megan back to you. candace, thank you. it is the countdown to christmas here on fox 45. we are giving away the last of the gifts under our tree. and our first winner of the day is ruth from parkville. and christmas elf is here with the gifts that ruth chose and our second winner chose. >> this one is ruth, the one that ruth picked out. good morning, ruth, how are you? >> good. >> i hope you like to dance, because you are the lucky winner of dance, dance revolution 3. the hottest party, this is for the nintendo wii. it has the game and the dance pad. this goes for $70 courtesy of kamomi. >> what do you think? >> great. my son will love it. >> she will have to dance with him, that will be good. >> we have the next winner of
the day on the line. kathy from parkton. good morning, kathy? >> good morning. >> you chose this cute holiday penguin here. this one is easy to open. i don't have to untape anything. we open that and we get. >> another box. >> a dvd case. >> there must be something in that. >> and yeah, you get four tickets to the january 12th performance of the musical young frankenstein and they retail $280. and they are all yours. >> thank you very much. >> happihappy holidays. >> we have good gifts. it you saw under the tree, there's a few more to go. if you didn't win today, we are giving two more gifts today as part of our countdown. it will be exciting. a big one still under the tree,
over the river and through the woods to grandmother's house we go. that's what a lot of people will be going this holiday season as they travel to visit friends and family. before you leave, there should be a few things to keep in mind to keep your house safe. peter with security solutions joins us this morning. >> good morning, patrice. >> you don't have to have an alarm system in place to keep your house safe. what are the things you can do
if you don't have these? >> good point. you want to make good friends with your neighbors, keep an eye on each other's homes. you want to leave your lights on. it's very good if they are intermittented. keep the doors and windows locked. sometimes they have a cord going up the window to light their lights. things like that are a dead give away. >> sometimes, that is not enough, and you want to take extra security routes you can go. what do you have for us here? >> the basic system is intrusion and things that are topical, the base unit that all of devices communicate. this is all ge wireless technology, that's a little door window censor. we have seen this before. the key chain remote. >> the key chain remote so you can arm it once you get out of your car. >> or run in. >> and standard sensor that you have seen before. >> also this wonderful camera. >> this is a popular item,
because it allows you to view what is happening in our home. one of our customers told us that they found their neighbor stealing shipped packages off of their porch. >> that would be bad to find that out, but good find out. >> this is the smoke and heat detector, and what this does especially during the colder temperatures it gives you the added protection in your home. >> so your alarm system can tell you -- can monitor what is going on with the smoke and heating system? >> that's right. a lot of the systems have gone way beyond intrusion. the next 1 is a handy item in terms of weather. this is a freeze censor that triggers at 41 degrees. >> so you know when your pipes are in jeopardy. >> in if your pipes ever do freeze this is a water censor for the basementñc
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the ho holiday rush is in fl swing when you are shopping and eating a few christmas cookies. it's easy to forget about fitness, so what can you do on the go? this morning you can take a minute to get fit with fox. jody from charm city fitness joins us this morning with some good tips. good morning, jody. >> good morning, thank you for having me? >> thank you and you have broken this in three different tips. there's things we can be doing in between all of that? >> sure. i came up with three exercises that really encampus the whole body.
you can squeeze them and do them in your living room. you move the coffee table out of the way and all you need is your body weight. >> let's see them. >> first you need is the squat. the great thing about all of these exercises is you can modify however you need them to. the best way to do a squat is to imagine that you are sitting back into a chair that is not there. >> right. >> so you do not want to fall over and stand back up. that's easy enough, get the whole core. >> it's not about speed, take your time. >> pay attention to your body, again your knees, your back. if you are feeling them, you might be doing them wrong, so you want to make sure you are paying attention to your joints. >> you got another one for us, too. >> you are going to do a push ups. your shoulders will be shoulder width apart. you're going to lower down until your elbow is about 90 degrees and then you push back up. >> you can be doing this while the cookies are if the oven, be
doing your push ups in between. >> absolutely, you drop down and do push ups or do them from the knees. >> and the girlie push ups are just as effective. >> finally, you can do a blank. drop on to your elbows and keep your body nice and flat. and then this is going to work your shoulders, your chest, your core. >> right. >> and these are all things that doesn't require equipment. you have no excuse for why you shouldn't be doing this. >> absolutely and throw a cup many of jumping jacks in between all of those exercises you have a nice little circuit. >> it starts to hurt. you work any out all the time and i can tell you it hurts. if you want more information about charm city fitness. check out our website at foxbaltimore.com/morning. coming up, our countdown to christmas continues when you can be a
welcome back to fox 45 morning news. 8:31 is the time. i'm patrice harris. good morning, i'm megan gilliland. we're continuing to get you in the holiday spirit here as our countdown to christmas here at fox 45 morning news. we have those gifts left that used to be a huge staff. some foods prizes still left. we are giving them to you our viewers through christmas eve. >> can you win right now if you're the 4th or fefght caller at (410)481-4545. now we need to get a check in our weather. a lot of people are still dealing with icy conditions out there. i know my street in canton was very icy this morning. we have a lot of melting to do. the problem is that with, may rain on the way bring flooding concerns for the weekend. >> oh gosh. >> sky hd radar indicating showers to the north of us, not around here but up in new york and pennsylvania. some of you heading out early might have to deal with that. you see a lot of cloud cover and
that keeps the temperatures from dropping as much as we thought they would. we have the clearer skies down to richmond and virginia and 25 degrees where you could see that the temperatures could be this morning. they won't have the cloud cover so the melting will take place. more so as we get into the warmer air. chilly conditions with the northwest flow. we will get to 38 degrees for the high today. here your weather headlines and cold but dry today and tomorrow and then a dry christmas eve day, but by overnight we may be talking about sleet and freezing rain. that changing over to plain rain with the breezy conditions for your christmas and some rain continuing into early saturday morning. that may bring us some flooding concerns. we will talk to you more about that momentarily. right now candace dold has the track edge. >> reporter: thank you, steve. we are talking about mass transit this morning because there's delays out there. if you're heading out on the light rail, the southbound lanes, that is delayed by 10 minutes right now. it will tack on sometime on the mark train camden line.
825 is delayed with a 10 minute clip. as far as the marx train line, you will find a 15 minute-delay because of train 513. just be aware that you will need extra time to travel this morning. the side streets are the main concern out on the roadways, because we do have icy patches out there. the main lines are looking pretty good. heading out on 895 at the harbor tunnel, it's relatively clear both the northbound and southbound lanes. all in all an a-okay ride out there. that's a look at the morning travels. patrice, back over to you. here is a look at our top stories. after months of debate and delays, the anne arundel county council approved the zoning bill last night that would allow slots near arundel mills mall. the council approved zoning at the laurel racetrack, but only one of those bills can actually pass. executive john leopold will be
the one who gets the final nod. >> reporter: i'm joel d smith in canton where here they're having troubles with the mta buses getting them to locations where the main riders want them to be. this road, foster, not a thoroughfare but a better street than milton. they are telling you to get to the main thorough fares if you want to make your bus. a diverted schedule for the mt as. a fire sent a firefighter to the hospital. it broke at a vacant row home in the 400 block of south robinson street at southeastern avenue. the fire went to two alarms and spread to the building next door before firefighters could contain it. have you ever thought about why your doctor practices for sends patients to a particular hospital? it's usually more than just a convenient location for the patient. this morning your health matters
we are joined by the chief of surgery and director of the total joint program at fer did i hand idinadd organized pedestris and joint hospital. are all hospitals not the same when you're trying to decide where your patients should go. >> many of the services offered at hospitals are similar. >> uh-huh. >> each hospital has areas where it can excel. kirnan as an orthopedic hospital, does nothing but orthopedics. as a result it has the ability to maximize care in those areas. we -- i bring patients to kirnand because that is where they receive the best care. the process of surgery isn't just the time in the operating room. it involves preop ra ray tive c, anesthesia, recovery and discharge. >> what are the organizations
that sets kernand apart. what makes it different. >> i'm not sure it's a matter of innovation as it is a matter doing things better. specifically, several substantial advantages, anesthesia, the majority of our patients are done under a regional anesthetic where a limb or ad aboutd body part is anest. it avoids the general anesthesia and the throat tubes. they also help to manage pain post operatively. they are known as a rehab hospital for had h rehabilitatid none is better. there's a dedicated pain management team and that is their job. it's important that we have to control pain for patients to do well. >> we have talked to several doctors and several people a associated with kernand and all
of them are excited about the work that they're able to do there and the services that they're able to provide for the patients which goes a long way to treat the patient, the level and care of concern that the doctors and so forth have. >> well, we have a staff that is dedicated to people getting well. for some reason, this is not to den grade other hospitals. >> of course. >> you don't find people that care anymore than they do here and it shows. if you look at patients satisfaction scores, look at return visits, people say i would go back to kernand in a reason, it's not because of time in the operating room, but because of the time after they have gotten out of the operating room and how they recovered. >> hopeful after they have recovered, they don't have to go back to the hospital but if they do they know where to go. >> thank you very much. for more information log on to foxbaltimore.com and click onier health matters. coming up our countdown to
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valley, too. around here, this is what we're looking at, cool air as high pressure brings in a northerly flow. that is going to keep sometime slippery roads that haven't cleared out slippery with them. clear skies for today and tomorrow but some showers may be moving in for christmas eve and with the showers, maybe actually freezing rain as we get some warm air in the middle layers of the atmosphere to move in. the cold air back to the west will bring plenty of snow for the northern plains but for us it's more of a freezing rain changing over to plain rain concern that brings further concerns in the way of some flooding with some melting on top of the rain that is expected for your christmas day and into saturday morning as well. so that is what is coming your way. as far as temperatures this morning, though, we are chilly, 34 degrees in baltimore. 25 in salisbury. could be worse but the clouds are keeping it warmer than it would be otherwise. we would have expected temperaturetemperatures in the d
temperatures will be getting up to 38 for the central part of the state. for the western part of maryland, look for temperatures to climb to 32 degrees with partly cloudy skies. a northwest wind at 5-10. tonight 18 degrees with clear skies overnight with a northwest wind at 5-10. a cold night with radiational cooling coming your way. tomorrow, because we start to chilly, we will get up to 34 for the high with plenty of sunshine. on thursday, which is of course, christmas eve, we get a nice day overall, but then overnight we get the freezing rain to move that will change to plain rain and the flooding concerns for christmas day and also for early saturday when the showers continue before it dries out later in the day. mostly clear skies for the sunday and monday with a high of 35 on sunday and 38 on your monday. fox 45 sky watch weather is at your finger tips. iradar is available at fox foxbaltimore.com. can you use the powerful doppler radar to track incoming storms. interactive tools will let you know when rain or snow will be
over your house. go to foxbaltimore.com and click on iradar. now to look at what is happening on the roadways, candace dold is here with the track edge. >> reporter: good morning, steve. we have been talking about mass transit out there. because we do have delays. also trouble on the marx train, the camden line right now that will tack on 20 minutes because of that delay on train 845. as far as the marx train penn line that is delayed too, train 513 is dealing with a 15 minute-delay. you will need to allow yourself extra time if you're heading on mass transit, and the side streets still have icy patches out there. use caution as you head out. as far as the main lines are concerned, the speeds are not doing too bad on many of them. 62 traveling on the beltway moving through pikeville and on bay on the outer loop lanes on security boulevard. it dips down to 35 miles per hour traveling on the catonsville area. we do have a serious incident to talk about. it's a tractor trailer that is
stuck in the snow. it completely shuts down that ramp from eastern avenue. it's right at north point road. you will want to use fairview avenue as the alternate route. heading on 95, at the 895 merge, we can show you what that scene looks like. those lanes are pretty much wide open on both the northbound direction and the southbound direction as well. that is a look at your morning travels, patrice and megan back over to you. thank you, candace. it's our countdown to christmas here on fox 45. every day from now to christmas eve which is fast approaching. we are giving away the gifts under our tree. our next winner is on the phone and we have our christmas elf melinda here to give us all of the gifts. >> good morning, don, how are you? >> good morning, i'm good. >> i think this is the one you chose. are you ready for christmas? >> yeah. >> christmas is almost here? >> oh, don, are you a ravens fan? >> oh, definitely.
>> it's a good thing you are, because you have just unwrapped a ray rice replica jersey, this is by reebok, it's a size extra large available at model's. this retails for $80. >> what do you think, do you like it? >> yeah. >> great. happy holidays. >> i will have to alternate weeks between may flacco jersey and ray rice. >> our next winner is dana from baltimore. she chose this gift here. again, mine is very easy to open. i don't have to do much but just, open it, no tape or anything. i come out with a $50 gift card which is always handy around the holidays. congratulations and happy holidays, dana. we must have lost dana. does that mean i get to pocket the gift card? >> no, no. >> i'm not going to do that.
you like about this season? >> like that everything gets to slow down in the entertainment world. i get to spend time with my family and friends and all of the people that are important tony. me. >> that musting nice. your schedule must be very heck tech. dhectic. do you associate the christmas time. >> tons of graf great programmid stuff on t.v. and family oriented. it's good all the way around. >> tell me about the christmas holiday special? >> well, goodness, there's a lot going on. there's a lot of music, of course. a lot of amazing guests, you know. skits, and comedy and things like that, kind of a background market at my life. we have a lot of fun with it which is the most important thing and i think that really comes through in the finished
product. >> you don't see a lot of variety shows like this anymore. it's nice to have that. it's going to be nice to hear so many different artists come together and perform including you. we're going to hear from you, correct? >> yeah. i sing a lot. a lot of other people all of their songs. they sing with me. it's a big jump be mes big jumbt music. we have a lot of great people that contribute to the show in a nonmusical way as well. a lot of my friends come on and get to do skit stuff and things like. that we have a jumble mess of good things. >> it's good, it's good family programming, too. it makes me feel really good that i feel we have done something that everybody can come and enjoy together. >> we're talking about the holiday season right now, but right after the holiday season in january, american idol starts up again. it's like it never goes away,
really, but do you still watch? >> it's amazing for me to watch it now and think, oh my gosh, i was a part of that a few years now. i'm old now. i'm not even like in the middle anymore. i'm like at the beginning because there's been season 9 coming up. it's crazy to think about? >> i'm sure all of the american idol alums out there putting ot their albums, i'm sure they're hoping to reach the same success you have reached. thank you and thank you for the special. >> thank you. >> carrie underwood an
by now many of you are wrapping up christmas shopping and wrapping up christmas gifts. don't forget we have fantastic finds for fido. cacarrie from spca joins thus morning. >> we are talking about shopping for the pets. >> we have great items. >> for the feline friends, they like these mice. they will toss them around. >> for the dogs we recommend puzzle toys. this is a great one called a cong, where you can put peanut butter or treats into it and allow the dog to chew on it, but they have to figure use their minds to figure out yo how to gt the toys out. >> for the pet lover we have a fabulous calendar that the maryland spca partnered with the orioles to come together and get a great calendar with some the
animals. >> lastly. >> not at least at all. >> when you're thinking about purchasing a pet for someone, we really recommend with going with a gift certificate, that way it gives that person the opportunity to come in and pick the right animal for their lifestyle. >>are there any kind of safety ideas? >> absolutely. especially after the big blizzard. we want to make sure that you are checking your pet's paws after they are coming in from the walk. making sure that the salt is not irritating and them and making sure they have access to water. >> and coats. >> and coats are very important especially like a little girl like lin lindsay here. she doesn't always stay warm. >> is it a good idea to give gifts to pets. is that true? >> not really. the maryland spca wants to work with each family individually to find out what is best for them. >> to contact the spca, go to foxbaltimore.com/morning.
lindsay is up for adoption. you want to call them about that as well. as far as the forecast, we start with a chilly day today. a dry day, mostly clear skies, 38 tomorrow, more sun but not warmer yet. 35 degrees on thursday, sleet or freezing rain overnight christmas eve into christmas day when we see a change over to plain rain and flooding concerns to saturday when the rain tapers off over the morning hours. mostly clear for sunday and monday. >> santa has got to get here, though. >> we are inching closer to santa. >> i got my dog her presents already, but she unwrapped all of the gifts. >> don't her what it is, she may be watching. >> she unwrapped all of gifts, along with others in my family. she didn't do anything to the gifts. she just unwrapped them. >> megan is going home to rewrap.